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"Japanese Markings on Chemical Munitions" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A WWII U.S. intelligence report on Japanese chemical weapon markings, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 39, December 2, 1943.

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A list of the Japanese markings on chemical munitions has recently been obtained. The marking scheme agrees with previous reports except in the case of the marking for systemic poisons such as hydrocyanic acid. An extract from the translated document follows:

     Lung Irritants . . . . Blue agent   . . . . Phosgene
     Lacrimators    . . . . Green agent  . . . . Chloracetophenone
     Sternutators   . . . . Red agent    . . . . Diphenylcyanar sine
     Vesicants      . . . . Yellow agent . . . . Yperite
     Direct Poisons . . . . Brown agent  . . . . Hydrocyanic Acid.

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